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Fate of embattled Richland Co. elections director could be decided today

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On Election Night, Lillian McBride looks at several PEB's from polling locations across the county. On Election Night, Lillian McBride looks at several PEB's from polling locations across the county.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

If the Richland County elections commission follows the direction of the county's legislative delegation, the body will vote this afternoon on whether or not to retain Lillian McBride as its executive director.

In late December, a majority of the members of the legislative delegation signed a resolution asking McBride to tender her resignation or face an elections commission vote to remove her.

The move came days after Representative Todd Rutherford (D-Richland) said McBride's attorney, John Nichols, told the delegation of McBride's intent to resign during a closed-door session on December 19. However, later that day McBride sent an email to the media stating that any discussion of her resignation was entirely premature and erroneous.

Nichols then informed the delegation on December 21 that she would not step down and would "continue to execute duties of her office until the elections board decides otherwise."

That decision could happen today.

The four-member Richland County Elections & Voter Registration Commission has scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m. in Richland County Council Chambers.

WIS will carry the meeting live. Click here to watch.

Those who hold McBride's fate in their hands are acting chair Allen Dowdy, Adell T. Adams, Elaine D. Dubose, and Herbert W. Sims. The commission's former chair Liz Crum stepped down on December 17 stating she no longer had confidence in the McBride's ability to manage the elections office effectively.

According to the agenda, the commission will also receive an update on attorney Steve Hamm's report on what went wrong on November 6.

McBride and other members of the county elections commission have been criticized after voters were forced to wait as long as seven hours to vote on Election Day.

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